Jan. 30, 2016 - Dhaka, Bangladesh - DHAKA, BANGLADESH -
The man who's turning into a TREE: Bangladeshi suffers rare condition that causes tree-like 'roots' to grow from his hands and feet
A Bangladeshi man dubbed as the tree-man because of wart-like lesions growing from his hands and feet has been admitted to hospital.
Abul Bajandar, 25, from Khulna, has been suffering from a disease known as Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis - a rare and inherited skin disorder - for the past seven years.
Doctors at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) will now decide on his treatment after forming a medical board of experts.
Dr Samanta Lal Sen, chief coordinator of National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery of the DMCH, made the announcement today.
On duty doctors visited Mr Bajandar at the burn unit, where he had been admitted today.
According to the dailystar.net, the ricksaw-van puller was previously taken to the Gazi Medical College Hospital in Khulna.
According to local reports, the original tree-man Dede Koswara, of Indonesia, died today. Tribunnnews.com reported that it wasn't the disease to cause his death.
In 2008 the Discovery Channel told the story Mr Koswara. In the programme, he returned home from hospital after having six kilo warts surgically removed from his body.
An American doctor had previously said the warts were the result of severe Human Pappiloma Virus (HPV) infection and doctors thought his type was the worst in the world.
The father-of-two first noticed the warts on his body after cutting his knee as a teenager.
He was later sacked from his job and shunned by neighbours when the branch-like growths covered much of his body and stopped him from working.
At the time it was reported that he would need at least two operations every year.
Previously, Mr Koswara was forced to take part in a circus act in Bandung in order to make ends meet.
But once his case was publicised donations from the public began to flood in for his treatment.